Writer Submitted Fic: 4/4 - 4/10

April 07, 2011

To the Highest Bidder by RainyGirl1978
Review by Dragonfly336

Rating: M
Genre: Romance/Drama
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: 1849 CA "Bella he loves you! He'll make sure you're taken care of!" Bella runs from an arranged marriage to make her own way only to wind up in something much more sinister. Can she escape & find love & purpose? Mature themes, minor violence/abuse.

To the Highest Bidder by RainyGirl1978 is a story that takes place in a town called Rough and Ready in Northern California during the height of the Gold Rush. In the first chapter we meet Edward and Emmett Cullen, who just moved into the area from Missouri with their parents, Carlisle and Esme.

On Edward’s first trip to town, he is met with a true vision.

She was sitting underneath an old oak tree, quietly reading a book next to the Sheriff's Office. Something about her enthralled Edward's attention. She looked completely absorbed in whatever she was reading, softly chewing on her bottom lip, while the breeze blew tendrils of her chestnut hair gently around her face. She looked at peace and Edward wondered what she was reading. She was beautiful; but not in an ostentatious way. Nevertheless, she was captivating. A compulsion to go to her and brush the windblown hair from her lovely face surprised him in its intensity. He had to tear his gaze away from her and force his attention back to the task at hand: collecting the mail. But as he continued on towards the Post Office his thoughts kept returning to the beautiful girl under the tree.

Enter Bella Swan, daughter of the town Sheriff. Edward becomes smitten with her and thinks of her often through the week. When Emmett comes to him and asks to go to church for their parents that Sunday, Edward agrees quickly, knowing that Bella will most likely be there. She does arrive at church, although under less than favorable conditions, in Edward’s eyes.

Just as they were finding their seats Edward heard soft feminine laughter coming from behind him. He glanced back and there was Bella, looking beautiful alongside Jacob Black, one of the Cullen's hired men. Jacob had his arm slung casually around Bella's shoulder and the two of them were laughing and chatting. It was obvious that they cared for each other a great deal. Edward's eyes narrowed. Was she spoken for after all? Bella looked up and seeing his glare, she blushed and looked at the floor. Jacob didn't miss a beat; glaring right back at Edward, possessively placing his hand on the small of her back and ushering Bella into her seat.

We learn that Chief Swan has promised his best friend, Billy, that Bella and his son, Jacob, will be married. Bella feels love for him, but in more of a brotherly way, since they grew up together. She longs for feelings of passion and happiness that she believes she will not have if she goes through with it.

After a tragic accident, it seems that Bella’s worst fears will come true sooner than she thinks and she flees to Sacramento. Edward is frantic in worry and wants to go look for her, but has absolutely no idea where to start. It isn’t until one day, when Edward makes the trip to Sacramento to pick up a package, that he runs into Bella unexpectedly, somewhere where he never would expect her to be.

He sat frozen in his seat, unable to move, just processing the scene in front of him. How in the hell did she end up here?

RainyGirl1978 tells this story in the third person POV and does it very well. I am always impressed when author’s can do this POV and keep the flow of the story going, and that is just what she does. She weaves a wonderful tale and we get glimpses throughout the first chapters that Edward has a tragedy in his past as well.

To The Highest Bidder keeps your interest throughout the story and it is complete at twenty three chapters. So, if you want a good historical fic, with action and romance, this is definitely one to read!


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